AGC Group's CSR
For the Earth

3. Biodiversity Conservation

The AGC Group's Approach

Using Returnable Pallets for Shipments Between Factories

In Japan and throughout Asia, the AGC Group is using returnable steel pallets that can be used repeatedly for shipping unprocessed automotive glass sheets between factories. The Group replaced the wooden crates it had previously used for shipping with these packing materials, which it developed in-house, in order to reduce the amount of lumber it uses and help preserve biodiversity.

Since first adopting the pallets in Japan in 2000, the Group has expanded their usage to its operations in China and across Southeast Asia. At present, the returnable pallets are being used for almost all of the Group’s automotive glass products, with the exception of irregularly shaped items. In 2018, the pallets were used in approximately 90% of total imports and exports for the AGC Group (into and out of Japan) and in 98% of its imports and exports with China and Southeast Asia.

The AGC Group’s independently developed returnable pallets
The AGC Group’s independently developed returnable pallets
Empty pallets compactly stacked together upon their return
Empty pallets compactly stacked together upon their return

The AGC Group's Approach

Proactive Use of Paper that Contributes to Sound Forest Management by Thinning

The AGC Group actively uses paper made from the pulp of wood from thinned forests, based on its Basic Environmental Policy of considering the influence of its activities on the natural environment, including biodiversity. The price of the paper includes the cost of tree thinning in forests carried out by an environmental NPO in Japan called Mori no Chonai-Kai 1. The Group purchases and uses the paper in an effort to support periodic tree thinning, which is needed for revitalizing healthy forests.

In 2018 about 4.4 tons of the paper were used, mainly for public relations publications including the AGC Report and in-house pamphlets. To date, the Group has used a cumulative total of over 208 tons of the paper, equivalent to an area of about 14.4 hectares of thinned forest (or approximately 3.1 times the area of Tokyo Dome a baseball stadium in Tokyo, Japan).

AGC Integrated Report 2019
AGC Integrated Report 2019
  • 1 Neighborhood Forest Association

The AGC Group's Approach

Supporting the Ecological Activities of Employees and their Families

The AGC Group collects "Bellmarks"1 in Japan and makes donations every year to NGOs that support tree planting activities in developing countries.
In 2018, employees at Group companies and their families participated in an event to collect Bellmarks titled the ALL AGC Forest Creation Campaign. This event was held during the “A-Festival" (AGC Festival) to commemorate the 110th anniversary of the founding of AGC, and 32,000 Bellmarks (corresponding to 320 trees to be planted) were received as donations.

The A-Festival hosted in 2018
The A-Festival hosted in 2018
  • 1 “Bellmarks” are logos used by the Bellmark Foundation in their educational support initiative.